I Want My Foreign Films

A moviegoer reveals Oscar’s annual problem


The only three Oscar-nominated films I couldn’t see this year

Back in the ‘80s, a commonly-heard rant was “I want my MTV.” It was, of course, a marketing ploy by MTV to get their channel added to cable systems. We were supposed to rise up as consumers and demand this channel like it was a birthright. But we really did want our MTV, so we asked for it, and before long we had it.

Here’s what I want today: I want my foreign films. More…

Oscar® 2011 Picks and Predictions

A movie fan sorts the best from the rest in this year’s Major Award Movie Sprint


Image courtesy Greg in Hollywood (Greg Hernandez), CC 2.0

I’ve seen an awful lot of movies in the past month, all so I can have an informed opinion on Oscar night. Here’s who I predict will win an Oscar, and who I’d give it to if I could.

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In a perfect world, I would say “Screw the haters!” and choose The Tree of Life. But as innovative as it was, Hugo edged it for pure ingenuity…which will mean nothing in the face of The Artist’s juggernaut. More…

Major Award Movie Sprint – Halfway There

22 movies watched, 24 movies to go, 17 days left!

What’s the Major Award Movie Sprint? It’s my attempt to see every Oscar-nominated movie before the awards are given on February 26. That’s 46 movies in 34 days! Today marks the halfway point, and so far, I’m on pace to see all the films on the list. At the moment, I’ve seen these 22. More…

Major Award Movie Sprint (Completists, This One’s For You)

Follow one brave woman’s quest to watch 46 nominated movies in 34 days

Only a crazy person would try to watch all the movies given an Oscar® nomination in the month before the Oscars are awarded, right?

Well, call me crazy.

It’s true – I’m going to attempt to see 46 movies in 34 days. In fact, I’ve tackled this challenge every February for the past dozen or so years. I used to call this movie marathon The Oscar Run, but since the Academy is a little touchy about folks throwing around the word “Oscar,” let’s call this the Major Award Movie Sprint. More…

DivX 2011 Holiday Gift Guide – The Cure for “Present Face”

We all have them in our lives: friends and family members whose quirks are infinitely more mockable than giftable. For those difficultly lovable caricatures, here are our personality-driven present suggestions.

For the Person with Everything:

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What to give a 1 percenter known to take some technology risks? No, not a twentieth anniversary Mac or a safe deposit box for that 24 carat gold USB drive. Try the world’s largest LED TV. This 90″ beauty features built-in Wi-Fi, full HD Active 3D, DivX Plus® HD certification and support for BestBuy’s CinemaNow. Oh, did we mention the $10,999.00 MSRP? More…

Zombie IQ Test: Are You Smarter Than the Undead?

Update: Scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the questions and answers!

Maybe it’s because Halloween is coming, or maybe it’s because The Walking Dead returned to AMC recently, but I’ve got zombies on the brain. They’re so creepy yet funny with their rotting flesh, shuffling gait, and blank expressions. As one zombie-battler said in 2004’s Shaun of the Dead:

“Just look at the face: it’s vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.”

And what’s with that constant craving for brains? No matter how many people they’ve eaten, they’d kill for one more. You never hear a zombie say, “No thanks, I’m full.”

How many zombie movies have you seen? Would you know what to do if faced with the living dead? Answer our daily zombie trivia question and find out. More…

Variety (and Organization) is the Spice of Life

I’ll admit it — I love watching TV. Nothing beats sitting on the couch with my feet up enjoying a new episode of 30 Rock. However, and don’t tell my TV, but I also love watching shows online. There are some amazing, innovative, wild, hilarious and sometimes disturbing shows that I can only find online. This is why I love DivX TV. I get the comforts of my TV plus limitless online content. More…

DivX TV: So Easy, Your Mother Can Use It!

I recently set up a new LG Blu-ray player (BD570) for my in-laws (I’m not only a great son-in-law, it also pained me to see them watching VHS movies on their beautiful new HDTV they bought over a year ago). They had recently decided to upgrade to Blu-ray from their VHS/DVD combo player and if you knew my in-laws, you would understand that this sort of technological shift does not come easy. For example, the first hour was spent explaining how to use the remote control. More…

Summer Movie Bingo

Summertime is here, which means, obviously, big budget movie explosions. Add to your summer movie-going experience by playing bingo with friends to see who will be the first to find a snug superhero costume, angry alien or someone yelling “It’s gonna blow!” (Don’t forget to click on the tiles to find examples for things like “Shia Lebeouf saying ‘No, no, no, no!’”). Check out the interactive bingo card after the break. More…